The room is characterized by the splendid vault designed around 1764 by Petitot and decorated by Benigno Bossi with refined gilded plaster.
The echoes of the imperial splendor experienced by Maria Luigia at the court of Napoleon are revived in this room through a number of precious objects in the showcases: the centerpiece in crystal and vermeil created for the imperial couple by Thomire and Odiot, the great clock with the figures of the arts designed by the same artists in clean, neoclassical lines, the rare mother cup made by Dagoty and given by Napoleon to his young bride on the occasion of the birth of the King of Rome.
Six lovely watercolors painted by Giuseppe Naudin in the Thirties of the 19th century introduce us, with their charming detail, to Maria Luigia's Parma residence, Palazzo Ducale, located directly across from the building where we are now, which was severely damaged by a bomb in 1944 and had to be demolished immediately after the war. Two paintings by Alinovi and Mazza show us what it looked like from the outside, designed by the architect Nicola Bettoli in a detailed plan of urban redevelopment of all the buildings belonging to the Duchy. Other oil paintings and watercolors by various authors show us the country homes of the duchess and a number of locations in the Parmesan states that she was particularly fond of.
The drawing of the curtain of the Teatro Regio painted by Gian Battista Borghesi and the fine portrait of Antonio Canova painted by Thomas Lawrence are handsome reminders of the great passion and generosity of the duchess during her reign in support of culture and artistic events.

 

 

G. Naudin - Palazzo Ducale, Parma, throne room Dagoty Manufacture - Mother cup G. Alinovi - Palazzo Ducale, Parma

 

 


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